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Joseph Hutchison
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This Bird Has Flown...
After 1168 posts (this is #1169), The Perpetual Bird is moving to Wordpress. This is simply so the blog can be more closely integrated with my writing Web site, www.jhwriter.com . I hope all you birders take wing with it! And I hope you'll forgive any oddit...
After 1168 posts (this is #1169), The Perpetual Bird is moving to Wordpress. This is simply so the blog can be more closely integrated with my writing Web site, www.jhwriter.com. I hope all you birders take wing with it! And I hope you'll forgive any oddities that may crop up as I teach myself ...
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Announcing "The Conundrum"
Conundrum Press, which published my collection Thread of the Real , has announced the first issue of The Conundrum —a free, triannual sampler of the phenomenal literature this Colorado-based press publishes. Enjoy!
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An Antidote to Mediocrity and Sameness
I'm passing along this message from The Bloomsbury Review , one of the very few publications that seeks out and reviews quality books that are undeservedly overlooked by other media. (You can read their full mission statement here .) Blooms,  as long-time s...
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REMINDER... Special First Saturday Reading Tonight @ BookBar
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A Very Good Day

This novel is a mind-game of the kind readers of Sherlock Holmes will be familiar with. Dr. Aira, the main (truly the only) character, is abducted in the first pages by men he suspects of being hired by his nemesis, Dr. Actyn. This Holme... Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan ...
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Don't Miss This if You're in the Denver Area on August 2nd
BookBar 4280 Tennyson Street | Denver, CO 80212 720.443.2227 | www.bookbardenver.com
This novel is a mind-game of the kind readers of Sherlock Holmes will be familiar with. Dr. Aira, the main (truly the only) character, is abducted in the first pages by men he suspects of being hired by his nemesis, Dr. Actyn. This Holme... Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan ...
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Poetry and Arms
Essentially  Bolaño's Collected Poems This morning, after watching and reading about the protests over 43 missing students in México . Hills shaded beyond your dreams. Castles dreamt by the vagabond. Dying at the end of any old day. Impossible to escape vio...
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Adios, Galway Kinnell
Galway Kinnell Galway Kinnell , who died on Tuesday , was perhaps the second or third living poet I ever met. He had been invited to read at the University of Northern Colorado, where I was a student. I was 20. I had already witnessed the deep, wild energie...
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I am VERY excited to be reading with Michael Henry this Friday evening at I Heart Denver. Michael and I have passed like ships in the night for years now, but our time to introduce our muses has finally arrived. Hope to see you there!
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Laureation; Against Single-Mindedness; etc.
Gov. Hickenlooper, Melody, and I on the west steps of the Capitol Many of you know that in early September I was chosen by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve for the next four years as Poet Laureate of Colorado. It's a great honor, of course, even more so ...
Many of you know that in early September I was chosen by Governor John Hickenlooper to serve for the next four years as Poet Laureate of Colorado. It's a great honor, of course, even more so because Gov. Hickenlooper was an English major with an early interest in creative writing.
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Jonathan Greene Travels Back in Time
Jonathan Greene Don't miss the simply marvelous poem by Jonathan Greene i n Ted Kooser 's American Life in Poetry column today. Click here .
This novel is a mind-game of the kind readers of Sherlock Holmes will be familiar with. Dr. Aira, the main (truly the only) character, is abducted in the first pages by men he suspects of being hired by his nemesis, Dr. Actyn. This Holme... Who Is That Man?: In Search of the Real Bob Dylan ...
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Walt Whitman Spins in His Grave
First book awards are apt to be contentious. The major ones— Yale Younger Poets , the APR/Honickman , Cave Canem , the Walt Whitman —produce winners that are as often ignored as praised. In poetry, everything is arguable. But the 2013 Academy of American Po...
Now, it's clear that Ashbery has no idea what to say about the book he has chosen and so falls back on the magical invocation of Duchamp—a value-free gesture meant as an avant-garde stamp of approval akin to "Gluten-Free". What "subsumes derision and erotic energy" means is anybody's guess, ...
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Interim Academic Director of Arts & Culture and Global Affairs at University College, University of Denver
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Indian Hills, CO
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I was born on the westernmost edge of the Great Plains. My parents made sure there were lots of books in the house for my younger brother and me, but what I read most avidly was Poe, and to this day my work displays some Poe-ish qualities. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1972, and received an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1974, where I studied with the very underrated Irish expatriate poet, fiction writer and essayist George McWhirter; the musicality and imaginative openness of his work are qualities I aspire to in my own.

After graduate school I worked in a variety of jobs, from buying mass market paperbacks in a campus book store to adjunct teaching in and around Denver. Although I loved and still love teaching, I cut my options in that area short by deciding not to pursue a Ph.D. Instead, I took a job as a marketing writer for a large banking system with affiliates across the state of Colorado. I next worked as an editor in the real estate industry, then as a writer for a leading software company. Ultimately, though, my wife and I founded our own marketing firm—Full Scale, Inc.—which has put bread on our table many years. In the past ten years or so I've also returned to adjunct teaching at the graduate levels, focusing on writing and literature courses at the University of Denver's University College, where I am also currently serving as Interim Academic Director of two programs, Arts & Culture and Global Affairs.

Through it all I've continued to indulge my passion for literary writing, publishing poetry and short fiction in more than 100 journals and anthologies. I've also published 13 poetry collections (with a 14th forthcoming), as well as book reviews and literary essays. I also write a respected literary blog called The Perpetual Bird, where I recently put up my one-thousandth post.

I live with my wife, Melody Madonna, a wonderful yoga teacher in the Iyengar tradition (see both her Harmony Hill Yoga site and her site devoted to yoga retreats in Mexico, Yoga Fiesta), in the mountains southwest of Denver.

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Current Poet Laureate of Colorado 2014-2019 with 15 poetry collections published and poems, stories, and essays in 100+ journals/anthologies.
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  • University of British Columbia
    Creative Writing, 1972 - 1974
  • University of Northern Colorado
    English, Secondary Education, 1968 - 1972
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